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Formed in 1997, the Girls Choral Academy (GCA) provides a safe, loving, nurturing, and challenging environment for girls (ages 6-18). Our Mission is to "Give Girls a Voice." Our mission extends beyond gaining a singing voice. We seek to improve self-confidence in girls by acting as a positive counterforce to the superficial messages girls receive from today’s society.
Through weekly formal choral training, girls learn the basics of good choral performance (i.e. breathing, diction, posture, and blending) while also learning discipline, perseverance, self-esteem, commitment, and cooperation as they blend into a harmonious unit. These are life skills that provide a strong foundation as girls mature into adulthood. The singers that participate in the GCA come from all over West Michigan and from a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our choirs are under the direction of Executive and Artistic Director, Lori Tennenhouse. The GCA offers two overarching programs that target different segments of the West Michigan population: the Grandville Avenue Girls Choir and the Campus Choir. Students in these choirs attend weekly rehearsals to prepare for two major concerts in addition to smaller community performances throughout the year.